Trade Unions have slammed the Chancellor’s spending review – branding it ‘disastrous’ and saying it will ‘kill off any hope of economic recovery’.
UNISON said the latest round of cuts, which will come into effect in 2015/16, will see the loss of another 15,000 jobs in Yorkshire and Humberside, on top of the 35,000 which have gone since 2011.
Chris Jenkinson, regional manager, said: “This latest economic attack on local government will inevitably impact on essential frontline services.
“Services to young people and social care for the elderly will be further damaged. We are already seeing libraries and leisure centres closing and more will follow in the wake of these latest cuts.
“The Government’s ‘austerity’ programme is systematically tearing the heart out of our communities.
“It makes no economic sense to do this and in terms of social cohesion and caring for vulnerable people, it is disastrous.”
Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review offers no hope and no growth and will cast the UK into economic gloom for the next decade.
“With more than 80 per cent of the cuts yet to come, it is clear there will be no let-up in the misery the Coalition is inflicting on ordinary families trying to make ends meet.
“Don’t expect this Chancellor to create jobs for our kids, to support families struggling with soaring energy bills or ease off on the destruction of our NHS.”